Age has not stripped away Dwyane Wade’s ability to shred the best of defences.
Just ask the Oklahoma City Thunder, who saw vintage Wade at his absolute best on the day he turned 34. Wade scored a team high 22, but it wasn’t enough to help the Miami Heat, as they lost 99-74 to the Thunder.
Wade, for his part, showed the Thunder and their fans he still has game, if the lay up for two in the video is any indication.
As a classy gesture, the fans sang Wade “Happy Birthday” during warm-ups and Wade gave them that present back — without it leading to a visiting team win, either.
Wade isn’t the oldest player ever to suit up, he being Nat Hickey of the old Providence Steamrollers in 1948, when he was 45 years, 363 days (Kevin Willis was 44 and 224 days when he last played for the Dallas Mavericks in 2007).
With the league average age going down every year (it is at 26.7), it gets tougher for the old dogs to bite.
Here are 10 top ballers over 30 who don’t know the word “quit.”
At 35, the big Spaniard has not shown any real signs of slowing down in his 15th season and second with the Bulls. Gasol is still playing over 30 minutes per night (31.6 as of today) and in double digits in scoring at 16.3 points per game, which is just two points off his career average. Gasol entered the NBA as a 21-year-old with Memphis in 2001 and made an immediate impact, logging 36.7 minutes and 17.6 points. And now, 14, years later he’s still playing close to that level. Gasol’s other stats haven’t lagged this season, either, as the 7-footer has put up 2.2 blocks per game (1.7 career average), 8.4 defensive rebounds and 2.4 offensive rebounds for an aggragate 10.8, which is 1.3 above his career average.